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By: Subhanghi Anandarajah

The odd one out —

That’s who I always thought I was.

Back then, I wanted to live like a princess,

Believing only in love and magic.

As the world brought down the gavel,

I realized negative energy also existed.

I gave up on childhood dreams to fit the mold they said was mine.

I’m still the odd one out,

But I choose to embrace it as unique.

Undeterred by the negative energy in the world,

I see hope and courage and believe in love.

Refusing to be a statue,

I choose to live out my fantasies.

They can have their say, but they won’t dictate mine.

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